There are professionals who will come into your home or workplace and organize anything they’re asked to. These areas can include kitchens, garages, and playrooms. However, there are two areas of a home that should be organized personally, by the people who use them the most. These are the office and bedroom.
Anyone who uses a home office for work or home management probably understands what makes them most productive. These people know their business and the tasks they must perform on a daily basis, and are therefore the best sources for organizing this area. It’s difficult to imagine someone coming in from outside and placing files, documents, supplies, and equipment into an order that may not be conducive to productivity. Worse, outside intervention may halt all work completely.
Another area that should be placed in order by those who use the area is the bedroom. Although certain professionals can help advise on placement of items and furniture for maximum use of space or spiritual matters, the inhabitants of a bedroom know what makes them feel most comfortable. Getting a good night’s sleep and being able to relax are crucial for everything from weight management to productivity in the workplace. If the occupants of a bedroom surround themselves with colors and decorations that promote relaxation, their room will be of the best use for them.
Becoming more organized is generally a good thing. If outside help is necessary in order to promote productivity and get rid of clutter, various organizers are willing to take on the job of helping out. However, the home office should be organized by the people who work in it, so items are not placed out of reach or lost. The organization of bedrooms should follow suit, to create a sleeping space that’s most effective to those who sleep there.
When you first moved into your home, you loved your kitchen. Its wide spaces and numerous storage options were a big selling point, along with the natural light. As time progressed, you gathered quite a few appliances and other implements that gradually started to cover your abundant counter space. Other items, such as dishes and pans began to take over your cabinet space. Now, you’re hardly able to use your dream kitchen for its main purpose: to prepare your family meals. Consider using these kitchen organizing tips:
Spice organizer. If you’re like most people, your cooking spices have probably taken up residence in a cabinet in your kitchen that you could use for something else. Or you store them on the counter, where you’d rather lay out your dinner while you cook. If you purchase the perfect spice organizer, you have somewhere central to store your spices and when you need them, they’re all in one place.
Labels. MarthaStewart.com suggests innovative labels for your canisters, which can be removed. Sometimes the flour canister becomes the sugar container and you clean them appropriately, but don’t know how to alert the rest of the household of the change. Labels make this easier.
Dish shelf. RealSimple.com displays a creative tiered shelf for your dishes, which takes up less space than the standard dish storage options that do not allow for stacking. Keep dishes safe and easily accessible with a shelving system.
Once you give some thought to how you can arrange your kitchen to make better use of the space you have, you’ll likely determine exactly what kitchen organizing implements you’ll need. Nothing will make you feel better than being able to still get to all the things you need in your kitchen while also being able to actually use the space in your kitchen.
Guest Blogger: Darla DeMorrow, Certified Professional Organizer ®.
Do you think of yourself as an organized person? There are at least 5 ways you can build your confidence as an organized person…even if you think you aren’t.
There is no one who knows your life better than you do.
Do you live in a house, drive a car (or have some public transit pass or a working bike), and generally make it to school or work every day? You are ahead of the game already. These are not trivial accomplishments. Give yourself a pat on the back. You figured out how to get to this point in your life, and you will continue to improve your life every day!
Just do it.
Did you have your keys in hand when you walked out the door today? If not, did you know where to find your backup set of keys? Good. You have some sort of system for keeping track of your keys. SYSTEMS are important, because they let us go on autopilot for the little things, so our brains can do the heavy-duty decision making. You might have more complex systems in place (like making sure there are Epi-pens in every purse and backpack you own if you need them, or having a way that you like to process incoming mail, or how you check the back door every night before bed to make sure it is locked), but these are all systems, and YOU designed them, so you can design more to help you every day. Don’t wait to organize until you find the perfect system. Start where you are. Keep systems that work, and change up ones that don’t. Just do it.
Create hospitality for someone else.
Organizing isn’t about being neat, or clean, or perfect like you see in magazines. No, it’s really about being able to find what you need when you need it. It’s about being comfortable opening the front door when a neighbor rings the bell. It’s about being able to find your passport quickly when a chance to visit a foreign country comes up. It’s about being able to enjoy your time with other human beings instead of being tired, ashamed, or guilty. Once you feel that you can be there for your friends, say to yourself, “I am organized,” and go do something else with my blessing (even if there are dust bunnies under the dresser).
Take a class or workshop and learn from someone else.
You know how it is. Sometimes your kids can hear you say something a hundred times, but when their friend says it, all of the sudden it clicks. Sometimes an expert can solve the problem for you in a few minutes. Sometimes you just need to see how another seeker has solved her problem in an simplified, seat of the pants, “why didn’t I think of that?” way. Where better to find these people than in a class or group?
Keep other people on track. You probably are the one who calls for household repair appointments, made the kids lunch this morning (or made sure that their lunch is paid for), checked the calendar to see which family member has to be where later today, checked the fridge and pantry for inventory, and have some vague or clear idea of what’s for dinner tonight. Those are very complex decision making processes. You might also be holding down your own business or a side-gig. And chances are you are simultaneously making plans for summer camp, or whatever the next break from school is. Think back to when you were 21. You probably had to get yourself to school and maybe to work, and that was about it. You’ve grown over the years, and you are really good at keeping a lot of things humming. Just because something doesn’t get done every now and then doesn’t make you bad at organizing…it just means you have a full plate.
In our busy lives, it is often easier to focus on what we aren’t doing, what we feel stressed about, or what isn’t perfect in our day. But if you take time to really think about these five areas of your life, you might realize that you are, in fact, very organized. Take a virtual pat on the back from me, and start your day more confident tomorrow.